Joanna Laura Constantine has been running the costume jewellery world for a little while now, but this year is really pinned to be the year of JLC. Concept store Le66 have started selling her collections this week here in Paris creating a whole new world of possibilities for the Lebanese designer, at this poignant time we here at Pink Heater thought we would get to know her a little better, here is how it went…
PH: Hi Joanna, great news about Le66, the presentation looks great!
JLC: Thanks, I’m really happy with it, I love Paris, I come here to Paris so often for work trips, and every time I come I make sure to go there to see what’s going on, so it only made sense that the next time I go there, I can see my own collection too.
PH: What is it you love most about Paris?
JLC: It may sound a bit tourist, but there is nothing better when you are in Paris than to be able to sit having a nice glass of wine in a bistro, admiring the people around you and enjoying the elegant vibe of the city, while the world hurries around you, I think this is the only way you can really experience the real Parisian way of life, to let it take over you, its inspirational.
PH: What inspires you most when you are creating?
JLC: I think I’m a bit of a strange mixture really; I have always loved vintage jewellery, I love buying it, guessing the history and making a story of my own, some of the stories I’ve made in the past have been crazy, I love the roughness of it, mixed with the delicacy of design that isn’t so easy to find now. But at the same time, I am constantly inspired by the Haute Couture lines that I see, the strength and freedom of the designs is so inspiring to see, so I like to think that people can see this in my collections.
PH: What is your own favourite piece of jewellery that you own, what’s its story?
JLC: I once bought an old locket from a vintage jewellery store in Italy, in true Italian vintage style it was in a huge heap, mixed in with old trinkets and bits of trash, but as soon as I saw it I knew I needed it. I could feel its history, imagining the old photo that was inside originally of some secret love story, lockets are really the way girls used to keep their secrets and this one was probably 100 years old. As soon as I got it home, I put it on a long thin chain I had laying around, and pretty much haven’t taken it off since, if I lost it now, it would be like losing a my own grandmothers locket.
PH: What’s coming up next for JLC?
JLC: I try not to look to far ahead, it’s not in me to think like that, but I feel like it’s going to be a big year for me, I’ve got lots of really cool but challenging projects happening all at the same time, but as far as secrets that I can tell you, maybe a line of fine jewellery. That would be really exciting.
To see more information about Joanna Laura Constantine click HERE, and for the incredible collections housed at Le66 is HERE.